Vivaldi is the new kid on the block. It's not a new rendering engine, since it relies on Google's Blink, but it's definitely a new browser.

But I have a gut feeling this is not only a company and a browser. It's also a personal revenge on Opera's current board and the company was formed as such. Jon von Tetzchner has enough capital to do that w/o caring too much about the money, and the words of Tatsuki Tomita, co-founder, « we feel that there is a need for a more powerful browser for people who want more from their browser » are a bit lightweight as a business plan for a free app, really.

Even if it's based on Blink and not on Presto any more, Vivaldi aims at continuing where Opera stopped. The first feedback from users is very clear on that. And no need to comment more on the Opera and Vivaldi names, right?

We'll see where it goes from here, and if Vivaldi's Jon does not become in the future for Opera what NeXT's Steve Jobs became for Apple, something I am 100% sure he has in mind :-)

Lykke til, Jon !